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School history

Rasmussen College is based in Minnesota and was founded in 1900 to educate students aspiring to careers in business at the first campus in Stillwater. In the years since its foundation, Rasmussen College has opened 24 campuses in 5 more states. Though Rasmussen was once focused solely on teaching prospective secretaries, accountants, stenographers and court reporters practical skills for their careers, the school has steadily added to its on-campus and online degree programs.

Many of the most sought-after programs offered on campus are also offered online. Some of the online degree programs include business, computer science, criminal justice, nursing and more. As a pioneer in online higher education, Rasmussen continues to expand their online degree programs and offers a variety of associate degrees, bachelor's degrees as well as other certificates and diplomas to help graduates get ahead on their career paths.


Rasmussen has a history of offering high-quality education to students on their campuses but now is able to offer many more students that same high-quality with an expanding suite of online degree programs.

Rasmussen recently debuted the Flex Choice program, which allows students to complete many of their online courses in a self-paced environment that is designed to keep costs extremely low. Some of the courses are game-based and require students to complete online games designed specifically to test their knowledge of courses at Rasmussen. These games don't take the place of faculty-led courses but are designed to complement them. Self-paced courses include an academic coach offering support and guidance along the way. The Flex approach is designed specifically to allow a student to complete their degree at their own pace with the option to potentially complete their course of study in an efficient and cost-conscious way.

In addition to being an innovator in online degree programs, Rasmussen also has a reputation for excellent instructors. Many Rasmussen instructors are experienced professionals from within their fields. Furthermore, Rasmussen caps the number of students who can enroll in online classes. Most classes have approximately 15 students and no more than 30. This allows instructors to focus their attention on fewer students and offer them an increased amount of individual attention.

Cost to attend

In certain programs, tuition at Rasmussen has been cut by up to 24 percent. Furthermore, the college's website states that it's possible to complete a bachelor's degree in business for as little as $9,990. Compared to most other high-quality educational institutions, this is a significant value.

While each student will need to determine their costs based upon their particular program of interest, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) lists the cost of tuition and fees as $10,764 for the 2014-15 academic year. Each program also has associated course resource fees and the tuition varies depending on the program. For example, to earn a bachelor's degree in most subjects online at Rasmussen the cost is $60,869 for a full-time student and $62,860 for a part time student assuming the student has no transfer credits. Associate's degrees, certificates and diplomas are typically less because they require fewer credits. Since Rasmussen online offers the AcceleratED and Flex Choice in many programs, tuition cost can be less than half compared to other options.

Financial aid

Because Rasmussen is fully and regionally accredited, obtaining federal and state financial aid is possible. Students interested in any type of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will help determine which grants, loans and scholarships may be available at the federal and state level as well as what private and Rasmussen-exclusive aid is available.

The college offers grants and tuition discounts and special pricing for members of the United States military. Furthermore, Rasmussen partners with certain corporations to offer tuition reductions for employees of those corporations. Many employers offer tuition reimbursement plans to cover at least some of the cost of tuition.

Rasmussen also proudly offers grants and loans that are exclusively for their student body. Examples include:

  • AcceleratED Scholarship
  • Achieve Scholarship
  • Change a Life Scholarship

Online offerings

Rasmussen College has several options for completing online degree programs. Perhaps most importantly, Rasmussen offers a substantial amount of support for each student enrolled in their online degree programs. Each student has a program manager who assists with the admission process and provides guidance and answers questions; an adviser offering personal, one-on-one support in a wide variety of areas including financial aid and degree completion; all online degree program students also have access to virtual community events, library resources, a Learning Center that provides tutoring, a personal support center that offers 24/7 technical support and a career services office.

There are more than 20 online degree programs at Rasmussen within seven different Schools: Health Services, Business, Design, Education, Justice Studies, Nursing, and Technology. Within nearly all of those programs a student can pursue a bachelor's degree, associate degree or certificate or diploma.

No matter your goals or academic level, there are many convenient, high-quality and affordable online degree programs available at Rasmussen College. To start exploring whether or not the online degree program offerings at Rasmussen are right for you, try checking out their online demo.

Highlighted programs

There are seven major schools within the college and all of them provide an excellent education whether online or in-person. Two of their stand-out programs are the business and the nursing programs.


Rasmussen College has board approved nursing programs at 18 campuses in five states. They also offer a Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that is available completely online. Also, the nursing programs do not require any pre-nursing classes for admission. In addition to this benefit, Rasmussen's nursing faculty is made up of instructors who have earned a Master's of Science in Nursing while a large percentage also have doctoral degrees in nursing.


Another stand-out at Rasmussen is their school of business. They offer many options for completing Bachelor's and Associate's degrees including a variety of online degree programs. Students can study any one of the following subjects:

  • Accounting: Bachelor's, Associate, Certificate or Diploma
  • Healthcare Management: Bachelor's
  • Accelerated HR and Organizational Leadership: AcceleratED Bachelor's and Associate
  • Accelerated Marketing: Bachelor's and Associate
  • Accelerated Business Systems Analysis: Bachelor's
  • Accelerated Finance: Bachelor's
  • Accelerated Entrepreneurship: Bachelor's
  • Accelerated Business Management: Bachelor's and Associate
  • Business Management: Associate
  • Accelerated Supply Chain and Logistics Management: Bachelor's

The AcceleratED and Flex Choice options can speed the educational process forward. If you can prove your competence in course materials, there is no need to wait. Also, Rasmussen's options allow you to forego lengthy summer vacation or holiday breaks. These options can speed you towards completion and keep your costs low. Additionally, Rasmussen is generous in offering transfer credit from other schools.

Student life

The NCES reports the following from Rasmussen:

Total Undergraduate Enrollment:


Data for students enrolled through Minnesota's main campus:





by race/ethnicity

American Indian or Alaskan Native:




Black or African American:




Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander:




Two or more races:


Race/ethnicity unknown:


Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, May 28. 2015

Graduate demographics: N/A since Rasmussen does not award graduate degrees yet.


Rasmussen College is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. www.ncahlc.org 800-612-7440


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"Business Systems Analysis Page," Rasmussen College, http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/business/business-systems-analysis/

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"At Rasmussen College, a game attempt to cut college costs," Maura Lerner, Star Tribune, May 30, 2014, http://www.startribune.com/rasmussen-college-to-offer-game-based-courses-as-tuition-saver/261186751/

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